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Grace Jones Documentary “Bloodlight and Bami” Premiers at TIFF

The iconic model and singer, Grace Jones, exposes herself in a new way in the forthcoming documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami directed by Sophie Fiennes.

The film debuts in September at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) after 10 years of collecting footage from the Jamaican born artist. “This film began in a collaborative creative spirit,” Fiennes said. “Grace had fiercely controlled her public image, but made the bold decision to un-mask. She never sought to control my shooting process, and I didn’t second-guess the narrative of the film as I was shooting. I just gathered evidence.”

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“The stage is where her most extreme embodiments

are realized and her theatrical imagination lets loose:

this is where the musical of her life is played out.”

 

The film includes performances from Jones classic hits Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams’ Bloods and Hurricane. It also takes us on a journey with Jones across Jamaica to visit her family during the holidays unveiling her family roots and her rough childhood. Jones has showed it all on stage but this documentary gives fans personal view of Jones off stage. Take a peak at the trailer below and get ready to see Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami hitting theaters in the UK on October 27 and hopefully move to the states soon after.

Wondering what the title means? Well here’s a little background: “In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life.”

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‘The Throwaways’ Documentary Screens at City College

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending City College of New York for a movie screening of the documentary The Throwaways. Filmed in Albany, NY the movie is beautifully put together showing a different point of view when it comes to police brutality. Told from the perspective of Ira Mckinley, one of the directors and producers, he is a clear representation of how police brutality has become a generational problem. At age 14, Mckinley’s father was killed by a police officer and later Mckinley would grow up and become incarcerated himself before he transitioned to being an activist.

The documentary spoke most to me because of the layers it presented, not only was this film narrated by Ira and told his story, but it also touched on so many factors that effect the black community. It presented the cycles of oppression and trying to make a life for yourself after being incarcerated. The film touched on felons rights, or lack there of, also activism in the community and how speaking up makes you a hometown hero but a threat to politicians and government. It spoke about drug addiction and how that becomes a vicious, depressing cycle of helplessness. Most importantly it spoke on the term “throwaways,” a group of people that are different enough to be viewed as insignificant and dispensable.

The Throwaways is an insightful depiction of one mans transition from prison to social activism, and how a willingness to stand for truth is the only path towards justice for all humanity. The film continues its screening tour this week and will be viewed Friday, October 23rd in Los Angeles, California at the Justice On Trial Film Festival. Learn more about the film and its upcoming screenings on The Throwaways site!